Bucs To Retire Meyiwa’s Jersey As Sign Of Respect

Football - Absa Premiership 2012/13 - Chippa United v Orlando Pirates - Athlone StadiumOrland Pirates has vowed to retire slain goal keeper Senzo Meyiwa’s Jersey as a sign of respect for him.

Orlando Pirate’s chairman Irvin “Iron Duke” Khoza said to the press briefing that Meyiwa’s number 1 Jersey will be permanently retired as he believes that “no one will ever be able to replace him”.

Meyiwa was fatally shot at his girlfriend Kelly Khumalo’s house in Ekurhuleni over the weekend by alleged robbers while he was trying to protect Kelly.

Meyiwa was set to lead the Buccaneers in the Soweto derby against Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday — the clash has since been postponed.

Khoza flew to Umlazi, Durban, on Monday afternoon to meet the Meyiwa family.

“The family will direct us on how to move forward with the funeral arrangements,” he said.

“The funeral is most likely going to be at the weekend.”

Meyiwa joined the Pirates academy as a 13-year-old and broke through the ranks into the senior team later in his career.

After patiently waiting for his time, Meyiwa asserted himself as the first-choice goalkeeper in 2012.

His leadership credentials also led to him recently becoming Bafana Bafana captain and first-choice goalkeeper under new coach Shakes Mashaba.

In his final match Meyiwa guided Pirates to a 4-1 win over Ajax Cape Town in the Telkom Knockout quarter-final on Saturday at the Orlando Stadium.

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